Hi, everyone. Rosco here. I hope you’ve all been having a great summer. I know I sure have!
Since the last day of Mary Poppins it’s been a non-stop rollercoaster of running, fetching, learning all about “sit” and “stay”, chasing treats, and of course plenty of napping and relaxing while I watch Dad and his friends do all the amazing stuff they do. Since there aren’t any actor-people doing shows in the summer, they get to do all kinds of cleaning and organizing, making drawings and plans for the shows coming up, teaching new friends all about how to help out with building things and making costumes, and lots of other fun stuff. When I get a little taller, and get some thumbs like my Dad has, I’m hoping they’ll let me help out, but so far I can’t really pick things up, so I mostly just watch and learn. And boy, am I learning an awful lot about being in a theater! One thing I really wish I could help out with is the classes and shows that the young kids do. They sure do seem to be having a great time! They write their own stories, and Dad and his friend Thane build them some really great sets to use. And best of all – the kids love chasing me around! (They never catch me though. I may not look it, but I’m really, really fast!)
So, I also wanted to tell you about something really amazing that just happened yesterday! I think you already know all about my Dad, right..? I’m pretty sure his real name is Glenn, ’cause that’s what everyone else here calls him, but I’ve always just called him Dad. People say he’s the TD here, (whatever that means). I think it means he’s in charge, ’cause he makes plans for the sets and the lights for the shows, and answers everybody’s questions, and fixes everything! He seems to know how to do just about anything, and I’m really proud he’s my Dad.
So anyway, Dad’s friend Thane – who’s the Master Carpenter (whatever that means) – decided to put a couch all the way upstairs in the room where the actor-people rehearse, for everyone to be comfortable. While he was taking the couch up the stairs, he propped the door open so it wouldn’t be in the way. Then, when he was done, he was just about to close that door when he heard a noise. It turns out a tiny little bird (Dad called it a “hummingbird”, whatever that means) had flown in through the open door, and was attacking the lights on the ceiling! I’m not sure why – maybe he thought there was food up there. But boy, those sure are some crazy little birds! (Sometimes I like to chase them, but I never catch them. Even I’m not that fast! Plus, I haven’t figured out how to fly yet…) So anyway, Thane told Dad and his other friend Lando to come up and see the bird, and help him figure out how to get it to fly back outside. Dad decided to pick up a chair and gently push the bird toward the open door. (It was flying so high up there, I couldn’t really do much to help.)
But you’ll never guess what happened next! Instead of flying away, the crazy little bird landed on the chair, and just sat there looking around! So Dad started walking across the room real slowly, like he was sneaking up on a tiger or something, and when he got to the door, the little guy just happily flew away! (The little bird, I mean. Not Dad. I don’t think Dad can fly either. But I’m not positive…)
All I know is, on top of everything else, it turns out my Dad is a bird expert, too! It sure was amazing to watch him do that! In fact, I was so proud of him that I took a picture.
So anyway, I just thought you’d like to know about some of the cool stuff that happens here, backstage. I’m pretty busy most of the time, but when I get a chance, I’ll tell you all some more! Oh, and don’t forget to come see the show we’re doing. Its called “Driving Miss Daisy”, and my Dad and his friends made these huge walls that float around the stage like magic, and he shines pictures up on them! Its so cool!
My Dad is amazing. Well back to work! I’ll talk to you soon!